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1,132 Ratings

The Palm Beach Story

Directed by Preston Sturges
United States, 1942
Romance, Comedy


Tom and Gerry are a married New York couple on the skids, financially and romantically. With Tom hot on her trail, Gerry takes off for Palm Beach, Florida on a mission to solve the pair’s money troubles, which she accomplishes in a highly unorthodox manner: searching for a new, wealthy husband.

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The Palm Beach Story Directed by Preston Sturges
Because there is no romantic comedy less certain about the notion of lasting love than The Palm Beach Story (1942), there is no movie more comforting… The Palm Beach Story is the diamond bracelet of romantic comedies: glittering, extravagant in feeling and in laughs, representative of all the things you might buy in the moonlight and come to regret the next day—but just look at the thing!
January 21, 2015
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Practicality and comedy don’t generally go hand in hand, but Sturges succeeds in making The Palm Beach Story as hilarious as it is realistic. Its happy ending insists again that a relationship devoid of money is an uphill battle, even as it abruptly introduces an absurdist twist that retroactively makes sense of the bizarre opening credits sequence. Mister, we could use a man like Preston Sturges again.
January 21, 2015
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The film is remarkable for its inventive, freewheeling story line; it’s the kind of movie that can digress into a 20-minute tangent about a gun-happy hunting club wreaking havoc on a passenger train without batting an eye.
January 20, 2015
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